Slim Randles' Home Country
The real reason we celebrate our Independence
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[July 11, 2019]
The annual Fourth of July picnic was a
celebration of time and freedom. Weíd all watched the parade,
earlier, because thatís what you do on the Fourth, and we believe in
Our parade features Scout troops in uniform, the
high school band, floats with pretty girls Ö well, okay, itís
actually Delbertís convertible with signs on the doors Ö and little
kids proudly leading their dogs down our main street. In other
words, pretty much everyone.
Those of us who arenít marching have been known to say things like,
ďHon, isnít that the Delgado kid with that German shepherd? My, heís
And then we go to the picnic and gorge ourselves and play softball
and horseshoes and soak up the sun and laugh a lot. Itís a time for
asking mere acquaintances from grocery store sightings just how
theyíre doing, in hopes of becoming real friends. Itís time to catch
up on friends who have been solid bricks in our wall of life
forever. Itís also a time to rejoice and see new bundles of babies
that have joined us since last year, and feel a bit sad at those who
have left us, too.
Itís a time when two guys on opposite sides, politically, can just
smile and talk sports and enjoy each other. Thereís time enough to
disagree on policies later on. No rush.
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And we know, deep inside, that
this is the real reason we celebrate our Independence Day. Because
we can set aside our differences and have fun together. We can be
free to have fun together because a long time ago some men in
powdered wigs were smart enough to look ahead toward Ö well, toward
this very picnic of ours, actually.
They wanted it to be fun, too.
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